Continuous Hissing Noise While The Outside Unit Runs
The only way I can describe it is that it sounds like a car tire deflating after a screw or nail was removed from it. It's a continuous "ssssssssss" kinda noise coming from the outside unit.
When it hisses, the air coming out from the vents is warm, so I end up just shutting it off cause there's no sense letting it run nonstop only to skyrocket my electric bill if it's not cooling off my home.
It sometimes stops hissing at night and the air gets cool again, but since I live in FL, during the day is really when I need the central air conditioner on the most, especially with 2 small children and elderly inlaws. I'd really like to find out exactly where this hissing is coming from and where I can get the part(s) I need to fix it and it won't break the bank!
I may want to mention that it's a Rheem 3-ton 14 seer, straight cool, the heater is in the handler in the attic area.
Any and all comments are greatly appreciated!!